Cant fly like an eagle Injured raptor saved from the slush on

first_imgLYNN LAKE, Man. – The eagle wasn’t soaring the way a raptor should when rescuers discovered the bird stuck in the slush on Lynn Lake in northwestern Manitoba earlier this week.Somehow they got the injured bird into their van and then called the RCMP to ask what they should do now?Officers came out with a dog kennel and donned snowmobile mitts to transfer the big bird from the van to the kennel without further injuring the eagle or themselves.Mounties say in a release it’s not clear how the eagle was hurt.Arrangements have been made for “Slushie” — as the eagle has been dubbed — to be transported to a wildlife rehabilitation centre for examination.last_img read more

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Excessive hygiene can cause antibiotic resistance

first_imgWhile maintaining hygiene is good for health, excess cleanliness could lead to antibiotic resistance often resulting to death and illness as well, suggests a new study. Comparing all existing microorganisms and antibiotic resistances, the researchers at Austria’s University of Graz, showed that microbial diversity decreases in areas with high levels of hygiene and the diversity of resistances increases. The team compared the intensive care unit of the institute with clean rooms subject to strong microbial control in the aerospace industry and with public and private buildings which have hardly any microbial controls. “In environments with strong microbial control in the intensive care unit and industrially used clean rooms, there are increasing antibiotic resistances which show a high potential for combining with pathogens,” said Alexander Mahnert, director at the varsity. The number of people who become ill and die from antibiotic-resistant germs is increasing worldwide, said the study, published in Nature Communications. Hence, the results indicated that a stable microbial diversity in clinical areas counteracts the spread of resistances. With the microbial control of pathogens already being used in cultivated plants and also in humans in the framework of stool transplantation, pursuing such ideas in indoor areas in future is recommended, said Gabriele Berg from the varsity. The team suggested regular airing, houseplants, deliberate use of useful microorganisms and reduction of antibacterial cleaning agents could be the strategies in maintaining or improving microbial diversity.last_img read more

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UN refugee agency chief concerned about Colombias worsening humanitarian situation

Speaking in Milan, Italy, at the premiere of a documentary film about the human costs of Colombia’s war, Mr. Lubbers said the UN agency would need more than $10 million to finance its operations in South America, with $5.6 million being earmarked for Colombia.”While the responsibility for assisting and protecting internally displaced people lies first and foremost with the Colombian Government, the dramatic worsening of the humanitarian situation in Colombia requires a greater effort on the part of the humanitarian agencies, the whole of the international community and private donors,” he said.According to UNHCR, the protracted crisis in Colombia has forced more than 200,000 people to flee their homes this year alone. In the first six months of 2002, some 900 to 1,000 people became internally displaced each day in Colombia. In all, approximately 2 million people have been displaced over the decades of conflict while tens of thousands of others have been forced to seek refuge in neighbouring countries, as well as in North America and Europe.The premiere of the documentary, “Desplazados,” was hosted by UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Giorgio Armani and attended by Mr. Lubbers and Italy’s Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Mario Baccini.The 20-minute video, produced by UNHCR’s Rome Office and filmed in Colombia and Ecuador this summer, describes the dramatic situation of the people who have been forced to flee as a result of the long-standing conflict in Colombia. UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie took part in the filming when she was in Ecuador in June visiting communities hosting Colombian refugees. The actress narrated the English version of the documentary, which will be released on 20 November. read more

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Central African Republics leaders must commit to inclusive transparent governance Security Council

Ambassador Omar Hilale of Morocco and Chair of the Central African Republic (CAR) Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission, briefs the Security Council at its meeting on the situation in CAR. UN Photo/Manuel Elias The most important strategic objective over the next two or three years should be to support the reduction of armed groups. In that way, he continued, MINUSCA could assist in creating a secure environment for civilians, help to foster Government services, establish an inclusive political climate favouring the protection of human rights, combat impunity and expand the rule of law.The special report recommended renewal of MINUSCA’s mandate for 18 months at the current authorized military and police strength, said Mr. Ladsous, outlining a “sequenced and flexible” three-pronged approach to achieving the proposed strategic objective. The Mission would also prioritize the development of a comprehensive approach to addressing the presence of armed groups, including in support of continued dialogue initiated by the country’s President. Other recommended priority activities would include providing support for implementation of a national disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme and a community violence-reduction programme, and the coordination of international support for security sector reform, he said. That would entail working with the European Union Training Mission and taking a lead role in reform of the police and gendarmerie.Among other proposals, he continued, the strategic review recommended continuation of MINUSCA’s urgent temporary measures mandate, at the Government’s request, as well as efforts to assist in the formation of the Special Criminal Court to tackle impunity. “MINUSCA cannot act alone in support of the Government’s efforts,” he stressed. Partnerships with Bangui, regional stakeholders and other international actors must underpin the strategy under the principles of complementarity and comparative advantages. He welcomed the Government’s efforts to develop a mutual accountability framework, saying it should be endorsed by national and international partners, and go hand in hand with the identification of humanitarian, recovery and peacebuilding needs in advance of the donors’ and investors’ conference planned for Brussels in November.He pointed out that President Faustin Archange Touadera had put together a Cabinet that included representatives from each of the country’s prefectures and had extended a hand to the armed groups. “The President is clearly trying to break with the past,” he said. “We need to understand that this is a long-haul effort.” The sense of responsibility demonstrated by the new authorities would be essential to mobilizing collective efforts to defend the gains already made. “MINUSCA has to be the last United Nations peacekeeping operation in the country,” Mr. Ladsous emphasized.Also briefing the Council were Omar Hilale , Chair of the Central African Republic configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission, and Volodymyr Yelchenko , Chair of the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2127 (2013) concerning the CAR, who both provided updates on recent developments.Mr. Hilale said that implementation of the Secretary-General’s recommendations would help the authorities move towards stability. The President is benefitting from strong popular support that must be maintained with international support. A transparent and inclusive political process would be the key to ensuring the entire population’s engagement and to facilitating rebuilding of the social contract. “Although the new political reality in the country is full of daunting challenges, it also brings opportunities never seen before,” he said. Briefing the Security Council, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous said CAR had made considerable progress since April 2014, adding that after two years of political transition, voters had cast their ballots peacefully and democratically. “They have offered a positive example in a region where electoral outcomes are often either known in advance or contested,” he said, noting that the successful formation of a new Government has raised expectations for lasting and positive change.At the same time, he continued, CAR faces a host of challenges, including “a security climate that remains fragile and reversible,” and sometimes non-existent State capacities in various parts of the country. Division, exclusion and marginalization persist alongside low economic development and lack of access to basic services, especially security. Furthermore, armed groups control vast parts of the national territory, presenting a “huge threat” to civilians.Presenting the findings of the Secretary-General’ special report on the strategic review of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), carried out from 7 to 17 May, Mr. Ladsous explained that the goal was to ensure that the Mission’s future mandate is adapted to a post-transition stabilization environment that would facilitate peacebuilding. Recalling the 19 June detention of six members of the national police by a local self-defence group in the PK5 area of the capital, Bangui, he said that incident — as well as reported renewed efforts to unite the ex-Séléka armed group under the leadership of Nouredine Adam — occurred alongside an alarming humanitarian situation that has rendered 2.3 million people — half the population — food-insecure, with some 20 per cent of the population displaced.“This is a stark reminder of the fragility of the situation,” he emphasized, and as such, the strategic review recommended that MINUSCA prioritize the protection of civilians, the creation of conditions to facilitate assistance and the return of refugees and displaced persons. read more

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Ohio State football in search of linebackers this spring

With only four returning starters from last season, the Ohio State football team’s defense will be full of new faces for the 2013 season. At linebacker, rising junior Ryan Shazier is not just the only returning starter, but the only returning player at the position who received consistent playing time during last year’s undefeated season.  This spring, however, the competition at linebacker is wide open. Shazier is currently limited in spring practices due to a sports hernia injury, and said he is uncertain about when he will be healthy. “To be honest, I really don’t know,” Shazier said. “I’ve just been doing my rehab with the trainers and everything, and they just tell me, take it day by day … I’m just going to try to get back as soon as possible.” Shazier said the injury has been lingering since last season, and first felt it when the Buckeyes played Nebraska on Oct. 6. “When I got back here, it just kept hurting, so I talked to the coaches and I got an MRI and I found out,” Shazier said. “I got a surgery to fix it, and now I’m just resting and rehabbing and just getting everything right.” Shazier said it is frustrating not to be out on the field with his teammates. “You see all your guys out here grinding, working hard, doing tough workouts and all you can do is watch,” Shazier said. “It really sucks … you can’t do anything about it.” Given his injury, Shazier said his main goal for the spring football season is just getting back on the field. “The main goal right now, I just want to be healthy and be back with my team, be a better leader and just have everybody rolling so we’ll be ready for camp in the fall when it comes back around,” Shazier said. During practice open to the media Tuesday, the Buckeyes ran a 4-2-5 nickel defensive formation during drills, with rising junior Curtis Grant and rising sophomore David Perkins starting as the two linebackers. OSU coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday that the Buckeyes plan to use that formation often during games this fall. Shazier said the increasing speed of the game in college football leads to playing more nickel defense. “College football has changed into more of a speed and spread out game, so you never know what’s going to happen,” Shazier said. “We’re going to have more than three linebackers ready for every game, so just in case somebody goes down, we need a three-linebacker set, four-linebacker set.” Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said the Buckeyes have not made any decisions yet on who will join Shazier in the starting lineup. “There’s a lot of good-looking guys in shorts … we kind of hold our opinions until we get into some pads and play real football,” Fickell said. Two additional linebackers who should factor into the competition for a starting spot are rising sophomores Joshua Perry and Camren Williams. Williams said his goal is to earn a starting spot, but wants to help the team any way he can and believes in the players around him. “I’ve got great guys around me,” Williams said. “We have young linebackers, but we have really good ones.” Perry said he realizes the importance of the linebacker unit improving as a whole this spring. “We have the most pressure on us out of anyone on the defense,” Perry said. “Even young guys on the D-line definitely played more (last season) than our linebackers who are young. We’ve got to step up.” Fickell said that although the Buckeyes have to replace the majority of their starters on defense, he is excited about the team’s young talent. “There’s a lot of guys with a lot of energy, some young guys that are really, really exciting,” Fickell said. The Buckeyes have next week off for OSU’s spring break. They will take the field for their next practice March 19. The team’s annual Spring Game is set for April 13 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. read more

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Two people rescued from Liffey in Dublin city centre

first_imgTWO PEOPLE WERE rescued from the river Liffey in Dublin’s city centre this afternoon.Dublin Fire Brigade was alerted to the situation just after 2 o’clock this afternoon when the two people, believed to be a man and a woman, entered the water close to the Custom House on the north quays.Three fire engines, an emergency tender and two ambulances were involved in the major rescue operation.One of the two was rescued from under the Matt Talbot Bridge by a rescue boat. The other was rescued by Dublin Fire Brigade personnel.Both were taken to the nearby Mater hospital for treatment. It is not yet known how they ended up in the water.Custom House Quay in Dublin city centre (Image: Google Maps)last_img read more

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The Phoenix A Biodegradable Car Made From Bamboo

first_imgDesigners Kenneth Cobonpue and Albrecht Birkner have come up with a novel use for bamboo: building a car.The two have come up with a concept called the Phoenix Roadster, the world’s first biodegradable car. It was built in just 10 days, is only 153 inches long, and, in addition to bamboo, is made from steel, rattan, and nylon. It’s currently on display at the Imagine and Innovation in Milan.AdChoices广告“This project attempts to unveil the future of green vehicles using woven skins from organic fibers mated to composite materials and powered by green technology,” Cobonpue told Inhabitat.The outer “skin” of the vehicle is designed to last around five to 10 years, the average lifespan of a car. But if owners wish to keep their vehicle for longer, a new skin can be purchased and fit onto the chassis.last_img read more

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Richie Boucher the man who led Bank of Ireland back into the

first_img 47 Comments 19,760 Views Image: Mar 24th 2017, 2:46 PM Short URL Image: Share3 Tweet Email3 BANK OF IRELAND CEO Richie Boucher is stepping down later this year.The bank announced today he would leave his role and resign as a director of the company later this year. A selection process is underway to appoint a new CEO and Boucher will continue in his role pending completion of the process.Boucher took over as CEO of the bank more than eight years ago in February 2009, at the height of the global economic crisis.He was the only senior domestic banking figure to remain in his role following the state bailout of financial institutions.Bank of Ireland was bailed out to the tune of €4.7 billion but has repaid that sum. The state continues to own 14% in the business.Boucher said he felt it important that someone else leads the next step in the bank’s future.“I have made this decision from the fortunate position of enjoying my job and being excited about the next stage in our group’s development, including the transformational investment which is underway in our infrastructure to support our customers and the group, not just for tomorrow but for future generations.However, I will be 59 in August of this year and I feel it best for the group that someone else leads the group’s next stage of development.Finance Minister Michael Noonan thanked Boucher for his “commitment, professionalism and drive”.“Mr Boucher assumed his role as Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Ireland at a time of severe stress for the Bank of Ireland Group and indeed for the Irish banking sector in general.“Under Mr Boucher’s stewardship, Bank of Ireland navigated its way successfully through these difficult times and, most notably, returned to profitability in 2014 and exited its EU mandated Restructuring Plan in December 2016.”Read: Major disruption to Irish Rail services as some workers refuse to pass Bus Éireann picket By Paul Hosford Friday 24 Mar 2017, 2:46 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Richie Boucher, the man who led Bank of Ireland back into the black, is stepping down Finance Minister Michael Noonan thanked Boucher for his “commitment, professionalism and drive”.last_img read more

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Futuristic drone ports are one way of redesigning empty shopping centres

first_img Trump says US is ‘locked and loaded’ in response to attack on Saudi oil supply AS SHOPPING CENTRES shutter across North America, one architecture firm has plans to salvage brick-and-mortar retail units by turning them into ‘drone ports’.CallisonRTKL, a global architecture firm, was inspired by the Six Flags Mall in Arlington, Texas, which is going to be demolished after losing its key tenants.There are tentative plans in place to transform the defunct mall into an industrial complex, but CallisonRTKL has something else in mind. The firm wants to transform the shell of the former mall into a delivery warehouse that’s ideal for drone take-off and delivery.So how would that work?The ‘drone port’ is a futuristic storage and delivery prototype that aims to provide inexpensive, same-day-delivery for companies like Amazon. Source: CallisonRTKLThe innovative design features an underground warehouse, an unloading area for truck deliveries, a vertical elevator tower, and a drone dock ring where the drones are stored and loaded. Source: CallisonRTKLGoods are brought to the storage centre by delivery trucks and stored in the underground warehouse. Source: CallisonRTKLWhen a customer places an order, a robot takes the package from the underground warehouse and moves it to an elevator that carries the package up the vertical tower. Source: CallisonRTKLAt the top of the tower, the package is pushed onto a circular conveyer belt inside the ring that transports the package to a drone ready to make a delivery. Source: CallisonRTKLOnce the package is loaded into the drone by robots, the drone leaves the storage centre and delivers the package to the individual customer’s home. Source: CallisonRTKLBy taking off from a high altitude, the drone is able to conserve enough energy during take-off to deliver the package and return to the drone port without recharging. Source: CallisonRTKLThe delivery prototype could eventually save retailers a lot of money. According to analysts at Deutsche Bank, drone delivery could cut the unit cost of individual deliveries in half for retailers like Amazon. Source: BI IntelligenceCallisonRTKL has no definite plans or funding to develop the drone port at the moment, but as customers demand faster and more efficient shipping methods, more and more companies could turn to drone delivery.- Megan Harney, Business InsiderRead: From tree houses to museums: Public asked to vote for Ireland’s favourite buildingRead: There are hundreds of piracy-enabling gadgets for sale on Facebook, despite a ban 46-year-old kicker Adam Vinatieri appears to tease an imminent retirement after missing 2 extra points on Sunday Jun 11th 2017, 6:00 PM By Business Insider ‘He’s a businessman’: One of Hong Kong’s most prominent activists is urging Trump to back the pro-democracy movement and prevent a ‘nightmare’ for the world economy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: CallisonRTKL 10 Comments Futuristic ‘drone ports’ are one way of redesigning empty shopping centres As the e-commerce sector grows, the ‘drone port’ could make deliveries easier for companies. Attack that wiped out half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production came from Iran, US official says Share29 Tweet Email3 Short URL 18,758 Views Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 6:00 PMlast_img read more

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Cyprus serial killer investigations continue as two suitcases are found in red

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two suitcases have been found at the bottom of the man-made red lake where detained Cypriot military officer told investigators he had dumped the bodies of three of his victims.A robotic camera found the suitcases and will be used to keep scouring the lake for a third suitcase that is suspected to be under water.The 35-year-old National Guard captain has confessed to killing seven foreign women, including two young girls, however there are fears that the toll may be higher. The lake where the suitcases are found is part of an abandoned copper pyrite mine. The first victim’s body had been found in a nearby flooded mine shaft on 14 April. A second victim’s body was recovered on 20 April, before the suspect confessed to killing them both. Police told a judge at a court hearing on Saturday that the suspect gave details of the slayings, dating as far back as 20 September 2016, in 10 handwritten pages. The police found a photos of the abandoned mineshaft where the women were dumped in the possessions of the suspect and had evidence of online chats with the murdered women.He has yet to be formally charged, however he faces charges of premeditated murder and kidnapping.Hundreds showed up at a vigil outside the Cypriot presidential palace on Friday to mourn the victims. The police are criticised for their failure to adequately investigate the missing person’s reports that had been filed by friends and colleagues of the foreign women, who had come to Cyprus to work as housekeepers and other jobs.last_img read more

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Néandertal déjà navigateur en Grèce entre 100 et 50000 ans

first_imgNéandertal, déjà navigateur en Grèce entre -100 et -50.000 ans ?Publiant ses travaux dans Archaeological Science, un chercheur grec s’est basé sur la découverte d’outils paléolithiques sur des îles grecques et sur les données concernant le niveau de la Méditerranée à l’époque pour établir que l’Homme de Néandertal aurait atteint ces îles en bateau.  La Crète, ou bien Leucade, Céphalonie ou Zante, en Grèce : autant d’îles où des outils néandertaliens ont été découverts ces dernières années. Comment l’Homme de Néandertal a-t-il fait la traversée ? Pas à pied sec, selon George Ferentinos, de l’Université de Patras (Grèce).À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Compilant des données géologiques, ce chercheur soutient qu’il y a 100.000 ans, la Méditerranée, avec un niveau inférieur de 120 mètres au niveau actuel, devait tout de même avoir, au large la Grèce, une profondeur d’environ 180 mètres. Il était donc impossible pour ces hommes d’avoir traversé ainsi la mer. Reste donc l’hypothèse d’une traversée en canoë ou en radeau, sur ces bras de mer qui font pas moins de 5 à 12 kilomètres de long (40 pour la Crète). Faites de bois, les embarcations utilisées se seraient alors dégradées au cours du temps sans laisser de trace.L’explication est toutefois contestée par Paul Pettitt, de l’Université de Sheffield (Royaume-Uni), qui suggère que les Néandertaliens peuvent avoir tout simplement… nagé jusque là, et souligne en outre que les outils trouvés sur ces îles n’ont pas fait l’objet d’une datation absolue. Il est attesté que l’Homo sapiens, lui, a utilisé des embarcations dès -50.000 ans, au moins.Le 1 mars 2012 à 14:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Sculptors artful touch has spruced up Camas

first_imgCAMAS — Uta Zuendel’s admiration for art stretches back decades, but she had a few things to do before focusing on her own work.First, she had to see her two children off to college. Then, she had to give back enough to make up for the help she received throughout her life, which started 73 years ago in then-East Germany.To get from East to West Germany, Zuendel was upholstered into the backseat of a car. After the death of her first husband, she was alone in America without a job and didn’t speak much English. Friends from East Germany smuggled her school transcripts from the University of Leipzig, which showed her medical training and work as a nurse.“I went to the first hospital close to where we lived, and I presented my papers,” she said. “Luck again, the director of nursing was German and she could read my papers. She hired me and said, ‘What a wonderful thing. You can learn English with the patients.’ ”It was a relief for Zuendel, who eventually remarried, had two children and moved to Camas, where she became an advocate for revitalizing downtown and reconnected with art by working in galleries. Zuendel’s wood sculptures are on display at the Camas Gallery, 408 N.E. Fourth Avenue, where she is the December Artist of the Month.last_img read more

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ASA Thanks Sec Vilsack for Biofuels Support Urges Congress to Pass Biodiesel

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) appreciates comments made today by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack on the importance of continuing to develop and expand our domestic renewable biofuels industry, including support for the extension of the biodiesel tax credit and implementation of the Section 9005 Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels.”ASA applauds efforts by USDA to promote biofuels use and invest in the facilities and infrastructure needed to incorporate more biofuels,” said ASA President Rob Joslin, a soybean producer from Sidney, Ohio. “The United States needs to promote production of fuel from renewable sources like soybeans.”Biodiesel is a renewable and sustainable energy source that can play a significant role in our national efforts to increase our energy security and improve our environmental footprint. The biodiesel industry creates valuable green jobs and makes a positive contribution to the economy.”At a time when jobs and renewable energy production are cited as top priorities, it is unacceptable that Congress would fail to extend the biodiesel tax credit,” Joslin said. “The biodiesel tax credit has a direct impact on jobs and it supports a homegrown renewable energy source – the first and only advanced biofuel commercially produced in the United States. We must get Congress to make a retroactive and multi-year extension of the vital biodiesel tax credit a priority to pass during the lame duck session.”Jobs and opportunities to expand production of a domestically produced advanced biofuel have been lost as a result of the lapse of the biodiesel tax credit on December 31, 2009.”Incentives helped build the biofuel industry and incentives need to continue,” Vilsack said this morning during a speech to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “Congress should start by reinstating the Biodiesel Production Tax Credit and providing a fiscally responsible short-term extension of the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit.”Vilsack went on to say that the increased production and use of biofuels is needed to meet our future energy demands and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.Secretary Vilsack also cited the importance of the Section 9005 Bioenergy Program, and he directed, “that work on the final rule be completed by the end of this year making these funds available.” ASA played a leading role in the inclusion and funding of this program in the 2008 Farm Bill. ASA has continued to work with USDA on implementation of the program and has urged that the final rule be completed so that the much needed available funds can get out to eligible producers of advanced biofuels, including biodiesel, as soon as possible.last_img read more

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Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal Announces Merger with Cairn India

first_imgIndustrialist Anil Agarwal on Sunday announced the merger of his two group companies the oil and gas exploration major Cairn India into the natural resources arm Vedanta Ltd. Cairn shareholders will get one equity and one redeemable preference share of Vedanta.The transaction is intended to be completed by the first quarter of 2016, the group said.”The merger of Cairn India and Vedanta Ltd consolidates our position as India’s leading diversified natural resources champion, uniquely positioned to support India’s economic growth,” chairman Agarwal said.”The independent directors, at both Vedanta and Cairn India, unanimously recommend the proposed combination. This marks a significant step towards achieving our stated long term vision of a simplified group structure with alignment of interests between all shareholders for the creation of long term sustainable value.”The group, in a filing with stock exchanges on Sunday, said the strategy remains unchanged to continue focus on delivering attractive growth, sustainable development, long-term value for shareholders and to sustain strong dividend distribution.”Approximately 752 million of each of equity shares and redeemable preference shares will be issued to the minority shareholders of Cairn India by Vedanta Limited pursuant to the merger,”it said, adding: “No shares will be issued to Vedanta Limited or any of its subsidiaries for their shareholding in Cairn India.”Vedanta Limited itself was created with the merger of Sesa Goa, Sterlite and Vedanta Aluminium.last_img read more

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Lightning strikes kill five

first_imgFile photo of LightningFive people were killed in separate lightning strikes in Faridpur, Manikganj and Magura districts on Thursday, reports UNB.In Faridpur, a thunderbolt struck Hashi Begum, 45, wife of Idris Ali, while she was cooking at Kagdi village of Saltha upazila in the morning.Besides, Billal Matubbor was killed by a lightning strike while he was working in his rice field along with his son at Bata village in the same upazila, said officer-in-charge of Saltha police station Md Delwar Hossain.In Manikganj, Chandra Sarkar, 55, a farmer of Mouwali village of Ghior upazila, was killed as a thunderbolt hit him while he was taking bath in a pond.He was declared dead when he was taken to Ghior Upazila Health Complex.In Magura, Alik Biswas, 35, son of Arun Biswash, was killed in lightning strike at Nalda village of Sadar Upazila around 3:00pm.Office-in-charge of Magura police station Sirajul Islam said a streak of lightning struck Alik when he was working in a field, leaving him dead on the spot.Besides, 10 other people were injured by a lightning strike in Sreepur upazila.last_img read more

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The Black Press and the Baltimore 68 Riot

first_imgBy E.R. Shipp, Special to the AFROPart 1 of 2Perhaps, as with the assessment of Martin Luther King Jr., an appreciation of the significance of the riot – or civil disturbance – of 1968 grows with time. It was certainly not the centerpiece of news coverage in the AFRO, which back then produced multiple editions that were distributed in Washington, Richmond, Philadelphia and other cities.With more recent anniversaries, including the 40th in 2008, the AFRO has devoted more space to the lasting impact the 1968 riot had on the city and its people. But back during what the now-defunct Baltimore News-American decried as the city’s “60 hours of shame” in April 1968, the AFRO seemed a bit out of step in keeping up with the story and in connecting with the people caught up in the mayhem.Over 700 people were injured and almost 6,000 arrested during the Baltimore Riot of ’68. (Baltimore Police Department)Understandably, everyone was in shock about the death of Dr. King on Apr. 4. The story of his assassination, the funeral, the law enforcement search for a killer and attempts to quantify what he had meant and what America had lost dominated the news for weeks. In addition, as a twice a week newspaper, the AFRO could not really compete with the two major dailies – the News-American and the Baltimore Sun – as well as television and radio.But there was another factor that affected the AFRO’s performance: A not-too-subtle classism evident in descriptions of rioters as “ghetto dwellers.” Clearly, they did not represent the race as well as did the social and civic leaders, the church folks, the college crowd, the athletes and the entertainers who were regularly chronicled in the pages of the AFRO. An April 9 article noted: “As of press time Monday, the affect of appeals for peace and order from…numerous colored public officials and community leaders was questionable.” It added: “One obvious reason for the lack of impact the appeals had on the rioters is due to the fact that they do not relate to those persons sounding the pleas.” They were “vandals” responsible for ’the reign of terror.”Forty years later, Clarence Mitchell 3d, who had been a state senator in 1968, told the AFRO: “Once the mob mentality takes hold – there were people out there participating in the riots who weren’t even grieving for King. They were using the riots as a means to get a refrigerator, or get a fan and it spoke to the poverty that was endemic in this city and how much we still needed to do.”That kind of empathy, apparent in later years, was absent in the AFRO’s 1968 coverage.King’s death took place as the April 6 paper was being “put to bed,” as they say in newspaper parlance. That meant the news pages had to be hurriedly rewritten, edited and readied for the printing press. Some early editions carried a front page headline, “Riots Part of Ugly Atmosphere,” but that was about unrest at Bowie State College, where students had been protesting untenable conditions and Gov. Spiro T. Agnew had responded by having 293 of them jailed. The dominant photo on page 1 had been of National Guardsmen with bayonets pointed at striking sanitation workers in Memphis; a story reported that Dr. King was expected to return to that city to support the workers. But all that had to be redone when word came of King’s death. In the April 13 paper, the “If You Ask Me” columnist, Bettye M. Moss, shared some behind the scenes insight into how the staff had rallied. “There followed work all night here at the AFRO. Editors, reporters, photographers, who heard the [news], rushed to help get it set, to pull out photos…to restructure the Washington and Baltimore editions already in the composing room.”Next week: How the AFRO covered the aftermath of the ’68 Riot.last_img read more

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Sony is limiting PS Vita 3G downloads to 20MB at launch

first_imgAs the PS3 and Xbox 360 has shown, if you’re going to release a new piece of gaming hardware it has to support online features including digital game downloads. That also applies to mobile platforms now that the iPhone and Android devices have made app stores popular, and Nintendo is making a big deal about the 3DS eShop.Sony is no exception to this rule and will support a range of online and download features at launch for the PS Vita. There’s even a 3G version of the Vita to allow for such access away from home or a WiFi access point.As the mobile networks keep telling us, supporting lots of heavy-users on 3G devices trying to watch movies, download apps and music, as well as having video chats puts their infrastructure under massive stress. It seems Sony has realized that may happen with the PS Vita, or at least been told it will by the mobile industry in Japan. After all, there’s going to be multiple thousands of them sold on launch day, and most gamers will be checking out the digital download games and content immediately.With that in mind, apparently there’s going to be a rather severe limit on the size of the files you can download with the PS Vita over 3G at launch. That limit is set to 20MB. In other words, if there’s a digital download game you want that’s 100MB, you won’t be able to download it to the PS Vita over 3G for the time being.That’s the plan in Japan at least, but don’t be surprised if similar caps are put in place for Western markets as a safety net. The one consolation being it isn’t a permanent cap, just a temporary one until sales and usage settles to a more predictable flow.Limiting your use of 3G actually makes sense, and you could see this as Sony doing you a favor due to the high cost of the PS Vita data plans. 20 hours costs you $13 and 100 hours is $64. At a download rate of 128Kbps, downloading large files is soon going to burn through that time.Read more at ITProPortallast_img read more

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Remembering pal and roommate James Foley

first_imgNEW YORK — James Foley knew the risks of living dangerously and couldn’t get enough of them.I know because Jim was a friend of mine. When we were journalism graduate students at Northwestern University, he chose to report from the grittiest neighborhoods in Chicago. In Washington, D.C., we lived together for four months in an apartment abutting a crime-ridden neighborhood — it was a good fit for him.And then things amped up. He went to Iraq, then Afghanistan, then Libya. He was kidnapped by loyalists of Moammar Gadhafi. His friend, Anton Hammerl, was killed — shot in front of Jim. After 44 days, he was released.The next year, after a few months of rest and attempted relaxation in the United States, he was on a plane to Syria, which had probably replaced Libya as the most dangerous place on earth for a journalist.The news this week of his beheading by Islamic militants, at age 40, sent me to look back at Google chats we had exchanged a few years ago. One conversation came in June 2010 when he was in Afghanistan.Jim: Dude, I had a visa fiasco, so went to Germany to get one, took me out of Afghan for almost three weeks, now I’m back and looking to hook back up with this unit I’ve been following.Looks to be an interesting summer. but such a hastle to travel on helicopters around here, this place is like one long waiting cue with s–t coffee.Me: Unreal. Is it dangerous now?Jim: Appears to be, could be interesting where I’m going.. getting some good bits of footage here and there basically I need to get on a chopper, there’s like one seat a day, and reporters are low priority, then I have to take a convoy cause they shoot stuff at helicopters coming into that place, maybe a little too dramatic.Me: You nervous? Or at this point, does this stuff not phase you anymore?Jim: Hmm, it’s kind of unreal, until it happens a few times, close, then you start to see why soldiers get all jittery and worse, when they get home, my conclusion — humans can’t get conditioned to getting shot at in most cases.Jim went into journalism in his 30s, older than most entering the field. When we lived together, he spent a lot of free time creatively writing — often at night, after a full day of submitting work for class. I remember him filing pages of a notebook with stories.He enjoyed reading David Foster Wallace, Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Wolfe and Norman Mailer — in his words, authors “who embedded themselves with the bat sh-t craziest group they could find and got some hilarious novels out of it.”His mission after graduate school was to shed light on areas of the world that large media organizations ignored because the danger was too great. He told me in 2008 he was planning on taking a non-governmental organization job in Baghdad for the money, but the job was “boring as f-ck” because he was cooped up in a neighborhood with 24-hour security. So he left to do freelance work covering a military unit in battle. The money was never really important to him.He freelanced for news organizations including Agence France-Presse and Global Post, going places illegally and doing things no large media organization with liability concerns would ever agree to. Go to and watch some of his videos — but be prepared — a lot of it is raw and uncensored. He was so frequently in the action, putting his life at risk.And in the end, he mobilized the world to see and react against the terrors of Syria.He was eight years older than me, but I never felt it, even though he always called me “son.” (He called a lot of people son). We’d trade lines from movies back and forth, particularly from The Big Lebowski and Glengarry Glen Ross. We listened to hip hop and jazz together. We drank beer and hung out on the couch and talked about girls. He was low key and frequently pushed me to have deep conversations, about politics, religion and life.Here’s how that 2010 chat ended:Jim: Ok dude, 3 am wake up, do some living for me.Me: Man, you are a nut. Good talking to you. Come back to NYC soon. Would like to hear some good stories. Stay safe.Jim: Definitely, hopefully much longer son. Thanks man.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:US war reporter Sotloff remembered as brave and fun In Syria, freelancers like James Foley cover a dangerous war zone with no front lines Under Spain’s ‘Google Fee’ law, news aggregators must pay publishers Costa Rica’s President Solís signs condolence book for Charlie Hebdo victimslast_img read more

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